For honest and ethical appraisals, rely on Robert J ReamerAppraising is, by and large, a long term career. The rigors of becoming a licensed appraiser have increased more than ever in the past. That's why it goes without question these days that real estate appraisal can definitely be dubbed a profession as opposed to a trade. As with any profession we must follow strict ethical considerations.
The appraiser's main responsibility is to their client.
Typically, for a standard residential appraisal, the lender (or an agent of the lender) places the order to the appraiser, becoming the appraiser's client.
Subsequently, appraisers are typically limited to only disclosing information to their clients, so as
a homeowner, if you desire to obtain a copy of the appraisal document, you normally have to get it from your lender.
Appraisers will sometimes be obligated to consider the interests of third parties, including homeowners, buyers and sellers, or others. Typically the third parties are specifically defined in the appraisal report. An appraiser's fiduciary duty is limited to those parties who the appraiser knows, based on the scope of work or other things in the framework of the job.
There are also ethical standards that have nothing to do with whom we share information. For example, appraisers must store their work files for a minimum of five years - something else Robert J Reamer takes very seriously.
We demand the highest ethical standards possible from ourselves. Doing orders where our fee is dependent on our value conclusion is never an option. In other words, we can't agree to do an appraisal report and collect payment on the contingency of the loan closing. It should be apparent to anyone that fabricating a home's value to achieve what amounts to a bigger paycheck is unethical!
Finally, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (or simply "USPAP") also describes unethical behavior as accepting of an assignment that is contingent on "the reporting of a pre-determined result (e.g., opinion of value)", "a direction in assignment results that favors the cause of the client", or "the amount of a value opinion" in addition to other situations We follow these rules to the letter which means you can be confident we are doing everything we can to provide an unbiased determination of the home or property value.
When you engage Robert J Reamer, we'll make sure you're getting the professional service you expect along with the principles we're known for.